David Johnson may be an ordinary guy but he has an undeniably extraordinary talent. As an American football running back for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL), he has displayed amazing strength and agility.
David could not believe the fortune that he has met in the sports arena especially after a somewhat hard life growing up. However, he credits everything he has gone through in life, prior to his finding a place in stardom, adequately preparing him for his current status. Though the journey was a long one, he did not stop fighting his way to get better eventually rising to become one of the best in the arena.
David Johnson Bio
The Cardinal’s running back was born David Jerome Johnson on December 16, 1991, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. His father’s name is not known but his mother is Regina Johnson. He was part of a set of triplets alongside his two sisters, Darnecia and Danielle born in their family of six children. Seeking a way to help lessen the burden of raising a handful of kids for his single mother, David took to organized sports, a course that would become their rope to freedom. First, it was dodgeball, tracks, and later, football, a game which seemingly comes naturally to him and one he has shown over the years to be a king in.
He attended Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa where he shone in the tracks, football as well as in basketball. David set many records as a star athlete in his high school. His outstanding records include touchdowns in a season, career receptions, career receiving yards, career, and single-season total offense, and single-game record for touchdowns. He was also selected as a 2009 Outstanding Offensive Player for Clinton High as a senior and was invited to play at the 2010 Shrine Bowl All-Star Game. Even with his high school career profile, David maintained a GPA of over 3.0 throughout his stay in school. Following an accomplished high school career, he committed to the University of Northern Iowa where he would play college football.
Throughout his collegiate career from 2010 to 2014, David Johnson held up his excellent form even though he was redshirted in 2010 and had to play his freshman season in 2011. Being accustomed to setting records, he did not hesitate in repeating the trend in college and would even do better post-college. David broke school records, including the career and single-season marks for rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, rushing yards per game, career all-purpose yards, and total touchdowns.
After a standout career in college, David Johnson was selected in the third round (86th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He was the seventh running back drafted that year and the only player from his college to be drafted in 2015. The running back also became the second Northern Iowa player ever selected by the Cardinals, after Brandon Keith in 2008. He signed a four-year contract worth $2.9 million with the Cardinals in May 2015.
David Johnson made his career debut in a game against the New Orleans Saints in September 2015. After his first two games, the second being against the Chicago bears, he became the first player in NFL history to score touchdowns by a run, pass and kick return in his first two games. The following season was a breakout season for him, he finished with 293 carries for 1,239 rushing yards with 16 rushing touchdowns. In addition, he was ranked seventh in the NFL for rushing yards, and ranked second in the NFL for rushing touchdowns as well as being named First-team All-Pro.
Wife (Meghan Brock)
The running back standout got married to Meghan Brock in 2016. Meghan was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and graduated from Cedar Falls High School and later, the University of Northern Iowa. She is a certified nurse and has taken nursing classes at Kirkwood. She also worked at NewAldaya Lifescapes.
After dating for some time, they got engaged in June 2015. They appeared in the TV documentary Amazon.com: All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals in 2016 prior to their nuptials. Finally, the day came when they exchanged vows committing to each other for life.
David and Meghan tied the knot on April 8, 2016, in Tempe, Arizona. Fast forward to a few months later, on July 8, 2016, the couple announced that they were excepting their first child. Their little son, David Jerome Johnson Jr. arrived on January 19, 2017, a few weeks away from the Super Bowl LI which was held on February 5.
Height, Weight & Measurements
David is not only known for his excellent vision and speed but also for his towering height and great body build. He stands 6′ 1″ (1.85 m) above the ground and weighs a whole 102 kg (224 lbs). His arm length, 31 1/4″, and hand length 9 5/8″ are considered above average for his position.